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May 2022
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Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 31st 2022
The next chapter meeting will be held “virtually” (via “Zoom”) on Tuesday, May 31st 2022, at 7:30 p.m. 

Our special guest is Fredonia based Orvis Guide of the Year, Distinguished Professor at SUNY Fredonia and Artist Alberto Rey.

If you would like to attend this Zoom meeting, please email your request to  You will then receive an email that will allow you to register for the meeting and obtain the Zoom link.

Also our monthly board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm and are open to any member that wishes to attend. Email to request the zoom meeting link for board meetings as well.

President's Report

Hope everyone is doing well. This month's general meeting will be our last until September. Our speaker will be Orvis Guide of the Year, distinguished professor and artist Alberto Rey. It will be virtual. My hope is to start meeting again this fall back at Orvis when Jim Markham will be giving his annual Steelhead presentation.  I think it will be great to see everyone again in person. This summer we will be doing a number of events that I hope you will please consider helping out with. We will be participating in a Veteran's Day Fishing day at the Pike Town Park on July 13, 2022 with a rain date of 7/14. A stream rehab project at the Grey Cabin section on Wiscoy Creek will be also happening over the summer. We also need some volunteers to man the TU booth at the Erie County Fair in August. The NYDEC will be doing their annual electroshocking studies on the area's streams and always welcome volunteers.  Over the summer we will be issuing an abbreviated version of the newsletter that will keep you informed on the specific details of these and any other events.  Please check out this link I think it sums up our membership And God Made a TU Member, SOTU 2013 - YouTube. Have a safe and healthy summer.

Joe Morgan

Conservation Report

On April 30,2022 we had 18 volunteers participate in TU National's Earth/Arbor day tree planting event. 500 willows and 50 trees were planted at the Albro Bridge , Pike Dam and Pike fairground locations. A big thank you to all who helped out. Much appreciated.

 - I am happy to announce our chapter was awarded a $5000.00 grant thru the NYDEC/TU Habitat Partner Grant. The money will be used to purchase stone for the Wiscoy Grey Cabin project which will occur this summer.

-  The Crow Creek Project will be beginning this month with completion by Mid-June. It involves replacing a culvert and some habitat restoration work. The work will be primarily done by the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, USFWS,NYDEC and Wyoming County. If there is a need for some additional help I will reach out.

Joe Morgan

Thank you to the volunteers who helped out at the end of April with the tree planting and maintenance on the Wiscoy. Couldn't have done it without everyone who donated a few hours of their time. We have a ton of these and some other not so strenuous volunteer opportunities coming up this summer. We're going to keep the newsletters coming all summer with abbreviated event related emails in June-August. You can also access our Event Calendar HERE.  
We've been putting together a youth program the past few months and we're were very excited to debut it to Cub Scout Pack 591 in Lakeview at the beginning of May. The scouts learned how to tie a wooley bugger and then we went ourside and learned some of the basics of fly casting using Groove practice rods. Huge thanks to Cabela's, Scientific Angler and Adam at Orvis for helping us put this together.

If your family is involved in Scouting or any youth group, if you might have a couple hours available to teach the next generation some tying and casting skills we'd love to hear from you. We are seeking out volunteers and actively booking workshops for these groups. Reach out to for more information.

Bring Back The Brookies Educational Program

The Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada invites Western NY TU members to discover our new environmental education resource Through this interactive online course accompanied by in-field activities 7th – 9th graders will learn the importance of Brook Trout as an indicator species, the dynamics of stream restoration and what they can do to preserve and protect cold water resources. Comments questions or suggestions
Tribute to A Fisherman

John Barrett of Stafford, NY is a 97 year old outdoorsman, with a long and distinguished history of fishing and hunting. John is a U S Navy veteran who served honorably during World War II. He has hunted and fished his entire life and has a  special fondness for fly fishing for trout on Oatka Creek. He has hand built split cane fishing rods and hardwood canoes. John has an extensive network of friends and acquaintances that he has cultivated over his many years as a conservation minded steward of the great outdoors. The poem "The Fisherman" was written by John's daughter, Sally, in tribute to her father and his love for fly fishing for trout.


The Fisherman

The fisherman stood on the bank of the stream
The sun shone so bright and the air smelled so clean.
The day was just perfect - so quiet and serene
The birds sang so sweetly - 'twas a beautiful scene.

The water was clear as it rippled and pooled
There'd be plenty of fish - this guy wasn't fooled.
He stood and observed the habit of the stream
And watched as the fish fed - his mind very keen.

His rod in his hand and his waders secure
The spot was so perfect - those fishes to lure.
He stepped into the water - so carefully he went
A swim in the stream was not the goal for this gent.

His vest held his treasures - little flies he had made
So delicate and pretty but a hook they betrayed.
He selected one thoughtfully - it must look like the flies
They were eating today as to the surface they'd rise.

He firmly attached it and cast in the line
He knew how to work it - the right fish to find.
He'd retrieve it and cast it again and again
It had to look real if a fish he could win.

Then suddenly it happened - the tug was the sign
The fisherman was elated - "there's a fish on my line."
He reeled in the fish, caught it up in his net
He reveled in its beauty - with a trout he'd been blessed.

This would make a nice dinner the fisherman thought
But he did something odd with the fish he had caught.
He took out the hook from the mouth of the fish
And back into the water it went with a swish.

This scene was repeated throughout that nice day
'Til the fisherman decided toward home he'd make way.
The sunshine was waning and he knew he couldn't stay
But his face wore a smile as he drove away.

Many fish he had caught but he knew he'd return
To catch them again when for the stream he would yearn.
He thanked God above for the beauty on display
And the fishes he'd caught on the glorious day.

Sally A. (Barrett) Fry
Check out this once in a lifetime trip opportunity by clicking on the graphic!
Got Gloves?
Anyone interested in helping to put together and execute periodic stream cleanup events in the area? Email me at and let's get something on the calendar!

Fly Tying Corner with U&E Fly Shop: Tie the Reverend Lange.

Chapter member and owner of the U&E Fly Shop online Nathan Pogorzala teached us how to tie the Reverend Lange fly.

Click HERE to download the story and tying instructions. Thanks Nathan!

Trout Youth Camp

The NYS Council of Trout Unlimited will once again be holding its Youth Trout Camp this summer. The camp will be held from June 26th through July 1st in Sherman, PA along the Delaware River in the Catskills. The cost of the camp will be $650, with scholarship help available from our chapter for those accepted to the camp. All equipment is supplied by the Council for anyone who needs it, and no prior flyfishing experience is necessary. The camp is limited to 15 campers. All aspects of flyfishing will be covered, along with ample opportunities to actually fly fish in the company of experienced adult anglers. Please see links for the poster and application below.

Download Camp Informational Poster

Download Camp Application
Here's the video that Joe mentioned in the President's Report.

Membership Report: May 2021

As of May 1st 2022, Our membership stands at 734 Members. Welcome to the 13 new members who joined in March, Thanks to the 68 current members who renewed and to the 12 members on the fence, please consider renewing your membership in April, we'd hate to see you go. 734 Members is alot of hands making lighter work to protect our local waterways and fisheries!

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